Well I guess two and a half months was a long enough wait to release the second part of this blog series, and there’s no better time than right after we released some big news of joining forces to form the On Tap Sports Network. I know that you all have been waiting since Part One was released. In this blog a little before Spring Training, we featured Cody Asche, Chris Beck, and Adam LaRoche. WOOF! If that wasn’t enough to make you want to throw up, part two might do the trick as it is filled with major disappointment. Enjoy!
The Adam Dunn signing made a lot of White Sox faithful excited, myself included. During the offseason leading into the 2011 campaign, our Sox signed him to a four year, $56 million deal. This was reasonable money considering he was coming off of a season with the Nationals where he hit .260 with 38 bombs and 103 RBIs and was second in the major leagues in home runs from 2004-2010 behind only Albert Pujols. After the Mark Kotsay and Andruw Jones DH platoon failed the season before, this was exactly what the doctor ordered. WRONG! In his time on the South Side, he compiled 720 strikeouts while having a very unimpressive first season, posting a .159/.292/.277 slash line and just 11 home runs. EXACTLY what you want out of your “slugger.” He was eventually traded to the A’s in a deal for a bag of balls, a half-eaten McChicken, and a player to be named later which turned out to be a six pack of Modelo. Some say this is where the momentum started for the Modelo sponsorship so at least we have that…
The only somewhat nostalgic (if you want to call it that) memory I have of him was being at the game that he pitched in against the Rangers. I went to this game with our Jonnie Nonnie back in 2014. We were a little behind schedule because we did some #108ing in Lot B beforehand and didn’t make it into the game until the second inning when John Danks had already surrendered six runs partway through the second inning. In what turned out to be a 16-0 loss and last game before leaving for my freshman year of college, Adam Dunn pitching the ninth inning and hitting a blazing 83 MPH on the gun was the only source of entertainment we had that evening.
While we’re on the topic of complete letdowns, let’s talk about Jeff Samardzija. His one-year tenure was just an absolute dumpster fire. In December of 2014, we sent Marcus Semien, Chris Bassitt, Josh Phegley, and Rangel Rovelo to Oakland in an offseason that also consisted of the acquisitions of David Robertson and Melky Cabrera. This seemed like another good building block on the way to relevance, as “Shark” was supposed to fill a void at the front end of the rotation behind Chris Sale. Once again, WRONG! After being named the Opening Day starter because Chris Sale began the season on the DL, he went on to have a marvelous 2015 where he posted an ERA just south of 5.00 which ended up being a career high in that category. This was a big reason for the collapse of the core that was being built. Since his departure the following season, it’s been a personal mission of mine to root against this dude. He should have stuck to football.
I could only make it through a couple of these guys in this edition just because these two combined to be such an unreal letdown for us White Sox fans. Also, leave replies on this post with who you want featured in the next edition. Until then, make sure to check out everything going on at OnTapSportsNet.com!
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